A prize fund of $62,000 (Rs27,55,596) for the winner of the full marathon along with a special prize for the amateur category winner are some of the highlights of the 9th Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon to be held on January 15, 2012. The registrations for the run were launched by actor and ambassador of the event, John Abraham, on Wednesday.
While the prize fund for the full marathon winner has been increased by $10,000 (Rs4,44,450), the Indian male and female winners will get $7,500 (Rs3,33,337) each.
This year, the organisers are keen on motivating more amateur runners to take part in the full marathon. “We are going to give a prize to the amateur category winner this time. We want to encourage people who run purely because it has been a personal goal or dream to complete such a marathon,” said Sreeram Iyer, CEO, Standard Chartered.
There are 3,500 full marathon slots and 11,000 half marathon slots. Registrations for the half marathon (21km) and full marathon (42km) will be open from July 21 to August 20. “Photo ID proof is mandatory for registration,” said Vivek Singh, managing director, Procam International, promoters of the event.